Things I Say

Someone left a yellow mustache on the floor.

Are you chewing on your power cord? And it’s plugged in?! Do you want a permanent Joker-style grin burned into your flesh? Take it out. Now.

Do you still have the book that was due in September?


Where is it?

In my backpack.

Go get it.

I don’t have it.

You just said…

I’m still reading it.

But you’ve had it since September.

It’s lost.

Did I tell you about the student who kept leaning back and forth in his chair and broke his face? Put all four legs of the chair on the floor and leave them there, please.

Yes, you have to pay for the books at the book fair.

No food in here, please, the cockroaches are big and they’ll take your food.

(Lights flicker, or something randomly falls) That’s Wilhelmina, my class ghost. She can do whatever she wants. She follows me to every school.

I have an alien implant in my pinkie toe, I just can’t tell you which one.

(Student pokes around the cart of new, unprocessed books behind the circ. desk.) Put your name on a Post-It note and put it on the book you want. You get first dibs!

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

8 thoughts on “Things I Say

  1. The class ghost — classic! And chewing on a power cord? I’d like to say what? But that is totally believable. Thank you for the laughs!
    I also loved how you ended with the positive of giving the students first dibs on books.


  2. These are amazing and made me smile big. I often think about the ridiculous things we say to students – which are sometimes ridiculous even IN context. Thanks for the smile, and a very clever way to give readers a glimpse into life in middle school land!


    1. I should keep track of the weird things I often have to say. I’m glad you enjoyed this. Middle schoolers are a special kind of fun and I love it! Thanks for reading.


    1. Thank you, Stacey. That power cord chewing made my heart skip a few beats. I’m so glad that child didn’t wind up in the nurse’s office.


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